Trend Alert: Harness Boots

What: A renewed interest among celebs and trendsetters in the harness boot.

What the fashion heads say: This, from “Tough but classic harness boots are finding their way onto the feet of Hollywood’s most stylish stars. ‘The harness boot should really be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe,’ says Frye spokesperson, Jennifer Mooney.”

What we say: For those of you who are uncertain of the vocabulary—harness boots are a type of motorcycle boot, designed to protect the wearer from the heat of the exhaust, etc. For awhile now, however, high-profile stylish women have kept the harness boot in their wardrobe rotation—with nary a motorbike in sight. It’s hard to argue with the style judgement of folks like Ann Hathaway and Kiera Knightly, both of whom have been seen sporting the footwear, but we’re not sure we’ll be dumping any cash into this trend at the moment—sure, in theory the harness boots could be cute with jeans, in a rugged, rebel-without-a-cause kind of way, but we’re more in the mood for some of those sexy, stiletto boots we can wear to all the get-togethers this season. And keep in mind, the quote above about ‘a staple in every woman’s wardrobe’ came from a spokesperson for Frye, who just happens to make ‘em.


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  1. Stella says

    I really like these boots, I have a pair in black. This season, actually, I’m not digging the stilletto boot heel. In fact, I think it has been abused. I am sad when i see knee-high patent leather stilletos being sported on the street. To me they look tacky, and while I also wouldn’t recommend evreybody spending lots of money on harness boots, I just don’t like the stilettos. Slouchy boots can be just as sexy. My picks for boots right now are slouchy brown boots, leather/nylon black riding-style boots, harness boots, and lace-up oxford booties.

  2. says

    Actually it is very now. What most folks don’t understand is that there is a difference between runway fashion and celebrity fashion- both are important in there own way. For example a few years ago- celebs rocked the Ugg boot, while the runway was showing sleek, pointy toed shoes…

  3. says

    I’ve had a pair of Kenneth Cole Harness boots that I’ve been wearing for about five years now.  They’ve got a slightly pointier toe, are superbly comfortable.  They’re great for a night out dancing at the bar, wearing to class, and a nice all purpose weather boot.

    Plus, you can’t help the way a boot like that makes you swagger.  Which on a woman, feels totally awesome.

  4. says

    you know, it’s funny i work at a bass pro shop, and we carry these exact boot, i know, not exactly the first place that you would think to go shopping for the latest trends. However when i saw them i thought they were cute and bought them, i think i am the only coustomer that has bought them in fact i was a little worried that maybe i was the only one that thouht they were as cute as they are, but it’s nice to see otherwise!

  5. jj says

    I have a pair of them… the shorter frye ones.  The thing is, I don’t know if they’re the newest trend, things like that come and go.  But they’re a durable, reliable, tough looking boot that to me, looks a little more original than a doc marten or a cowboy boot.  I love ‘em.  And they sure aren’t going to wear out ANY time soon!

    Plus, not all of us can get away with stilettos.  I think my feet would reach up and strangle me!

  6. Heather says

    Ick. I found these ugly the first time I lived through them (late 70’s ish? I can’t remember exactly when, but I was young). I won’t be grabbing a pair. Much prefer a regular pair of cowboy boots, or better yet english riding boots if I want to go “equestrian”.

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